British designer Matthew Miller‘s is influenced by youth culture and politics. His unisex, utilitarian designs sees the wearer as integral to a garment’s worth, raising its importance as soon as it’s worn because of the cultural capital accrued depending on what he or she does in it - or to it - and so developing the inherent character of each piece.
For London Collections: Men SS17 Matthew Miller collaborated with Lavazza to design a vibrant Hackney Wild print limited edition coffee cup. A world away from his previous AW16 prints and hues, Miller says the inspiration behind this season’s print was the constant beauty of everyday, and the captivating environments we walk past so nonchalantly.
5,000 bespoke Matthew Miller x Lavazza coffee cups were filled throughout London Collections: Men, with a total of 8,000 Lavazza coffees served across the three days. We managed to grab a quick interview with him between shows:
What is your inspiration behind the Lavazza cup design? It's rather different from your usual prints...
The cup is based on a forest print so I went out to the local area & around Hackney marshes and found these beautiful objects and collaged them together and that became the cup design – the fundamental beauty of everyday.
How will you be keeping your energy levels up before the show?
The time leading up to your show can be very hectic and busy, so it is vital to keep your energy levels high, as there can be very late nights involved. I rely on Lavazza coffee and so do the team. We have an A Modo Mio machine in our studio, which definitely gets a lot of use!
What is your favourite piece from the collection?
I think the unstructured tailoring is in the Blue Checked Viscose, it's soft and has an incredible drape around the human form.
Which designer's inspire you?
It's not necessarily designers but probably periods of designers, 1990's Helmut Lang and Original Margiella as well as modern day Dries Van Noten and early Noughties Raf.
You have the ethos of ‘living wild and free’ - where did this steam from?
I'm British, we have a natural tendency to be non conformist Rebels, Wild and Free is a product of my heritage.